Latest: Cerro Pelado Fire

Crews continue to battle the Cerro Pelado Fire and are seeing some small, steady successes as it burns seven miles east of Jemez Springs.

As of May 19, the fire stands at:

  • Acreage — 45,605 acres (no change)
  • Containment — 75% (no change)
  • Total Personnel — 654 (was 725)
  • Start Date — April 22, around 3:45 p.m.
  • Fuels — Short grass, brush and timber

Containment levels jumped from 19% to 71% – and now 75% – in less than a few days and the fire did not grow, according to the latest updates.

New Mexico Highway 4 is reopened to local traffic from mile marker 34 to mile marker 61, at the junction of Highway 4 and 501. Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos County Fairgrounds are closed until further notice.

Los Alamos County declared a fire danger emergency May 13.

Evacuations (using the Ready-Set-Go! system):
GO — Mandatory evacuation status: The communities of Cochiti Mesa and the Peralta Canyon, including Cox Ranch

SET — Be prepared to evacuate immediately: Sierra de Los Pinos, Valles Caldera National Preserve

READY — Maintain a defensible space around your home: Los Alamos County, Jemez Springs, La Cueva, Cochiti Lake area